HPU Marks 80th Commencement Ceremony

May 16, 2013

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University conferred associate, baccalaureate and master degrees to more than 890 graduates in the Spring 2013 class. More than 700 of these students participated in HPU's 80th commencement ceremony, Thursday, May 16, at the Neal Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu.

Congratulations, graduates!
Congratulations, graduates!
Three valedictory speakers, chosen for exemplary academic performance and community service, represented the class. They addressed the audience, both in the arena and around the world via live video stream. This year's speakers included an aspiring scientist, a career U.S. Navy Sailor and a retired U.S. Army colonel. 

Representing the undergraduate degree programs was Hannah Tsunemoto, Bachelor of Science in Biology. Sailor Anthony J. Corey, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, spoke on behalf of HPU Military Campus Programs and retired colonel John T. Hansen, Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies, represented the graduate degree programs.

Students who participated in commencement are part of a graduating class with disciplines ranging from computer science to anthropology to marine biology. Combined with the 727 men and women conferred degrees at Fall Commencement, the university will have produced more than 1,600 highly educated, profession-ready graduates in this academic year. Now Hawai'i’s largest private university, HPU graduated its first class 41 years ago — a group of seven students. Today, students study at its Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campuses, six military bases around Oahu and its research affiliate, the Oceanic Institute. The university is also pursuing redevelopment of Aloha Tower Marketplace, where additional facilities and student lofts are planned alongside retail and community gathering spaces. 

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